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Media Release October 2014:   RDA welcomes FedUni funding injection

Regional Development Australia – Gippsland, has welcomed the announcement by Deputy Premier Peter Ryan last Thursday of major funding for an innovation and jobs precinct to be developed in partnership with Federation University. 

Chair of RDA Gippsland, Richard Elkington said “This is terrific news for all of Gippsland.”

“We have been working with FedUni since April this year on conceptualising a project for the region, modelled on the very successful Ballarat Technology Park established 1995”, said Mr Elkington.

“This has been hugely successful hosting 30 technology companies and creating 1500 high tech jobs in Ballarat.” 

“The aim is to reproduce this success in Gippsland, and I’m certain with the strong partnerships FedUni have been building that this will be achieved.”

Mr Elkington described the announcement as an “opportunity for Gippsland and the Latrobe Valley to be on the map,” and to “attract further investment in the future.”  He added, “RDA Gippsland looks forward to continuing our support of FedUni and our input into this new model”.

RDA Gippsland is the region’s peak entity for facilitating the delivery of social and economic opportunities for growth within the region, and is funded by the Australian Government as part of a nation-wide network of 55 RDA’s across Australia.

For comments contact Richard Elkington on mobile 0418 345 130



National Stronger Regions Fund Announced October 2014

The Australian Government has announced the opening of the new National Stronger Regions Fund (NSRF). This Fund will invest $1 billion over five years to promote economic development in Australia’s regions.

 The National Stronger Regions Fund is an initiative to boost social and economic development in Australia’s regions by funding priority infrastructure projects in local communities.

Funding will be provided for capital projects which involve construction of new infrastructure, or the upgrade, extension or enhancement of existing infrastructure. Projects selected for funding should deliver an economic benefit to the region beyond the period of construction, and should support disadvantaged regions or areas of disadvantage within a region.

Local Government and incorporated not-for-profit organisations are eligible to apply for grants of between $20,000 and $10 million. Grant funding must be matched in cash on at least a dollar for dollar basis, and the funded part of the project must be completed on or before 31 December 2019.

Applications for Round One funding will be accepted between 1 October 2014 and 5pm applicant’s local time on 28 November 2014.

For more information about the Fund and applications please visit http://investment.infrastructure.gov.au/funding/NSRF 


Gippsland Freight Master Plan  Launched January 31, 2014

 Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional and Rural Development, Peter Ryan, launched the Gippsland Freight Infrastructure Master Plan , addressing transport and freight challenges and opportunities within the Gippsland region.

 Speaking at Dyers Transport in Sale, Mr Ryan said the Gippsland Freight Infrastructure Master Plan was an extensive body of work which had included a great deal of consultation with the major manufacturing, transport and food processing businesses in Gippsland.

 Mr Ryan said the Master Plan formed part of the Victorian Government’s Latrobe Valley Industry and Employment Roadmap, released in July 2012.

 “Regional Development Australia (RDA) Gippsland has supported the project with funding of up to $100,000 toward the total project cost and the Committee for Gippsland, who have done a great job in managing the Master Plan, are providing the balance,” Mr Ryan said.

 “In August 2013, the Victorian Government also released Victoria – the Freight State, which outlined a long-term strategy to improve freight efficiency, to grow productivity and better connect Victorian businesses with the marketplace.”

Mr Ryan said the Gippsland Freight Infrastructure Master Plan was intended to work cohesively with the Gippsland Freight Strategy.

 Mr Ryan said the Master Plan’s priorities, included increased funding for local roads, upgrades to the South Gippsland Highway, Leongatha Heavy Vehicle Route, Traralgon truck bypass, Sand Road Interchange, Drouin to Drouin South B-double access and Korumburra heavy vehicle route.

 Mr Ryan said the Victorian Government was constantly supporting transport infrastructure across Victoria, and the $1 billion Regional Growth Fund had played a major part in local Gippsland projects such as works to Stoney Creek Road ($492,180), Lower Franklin Road, Foster ($730,415), Dollar Road, Dumbalk ($250,311) and the Wonthaggi Town Entrance ($1.15 million of a $2.85 million total project).

 “Since it was established in early 2011, the Regional Growth Fund has provided more than $365 million to support over 1250 projects across regional and rural Victoria, leveraging $1.5 billion in total investment,” Mr Ryan said.

 For more information about the Regional Growth Fund visit www.rdv.vic.gov.au/regional-growth-fund



Media Release – 27 February 2013

RDA Gippsland sponsor women for national conference

Regional Development Australia (RDA) Gippsland sponsored a woman from each Gippsland municipality to travel Canberra late February to participate in the National Rural Women’s Conference.

The conference was themed ‘Big Inspiration, Big Challenges, Big Business, and Big Networks’ and allowed the six women to expand their networks, make new business connections, share their experience, and be motivated and inspired by women.

The six successful candidates were:

  • Dr Deb Fosky from East Gippsland Shire Council
  • Rebecca Marriott from South Gippsland Shire Council
  • Samantha Brick from Latrobe City Council
  • Teresa Mitchell from Baw Baw Shire Council
  • Sarah Gover from Wellington Shire Council; and
  • Geraldine Archibald from Bass Coast Shire Council.

RDA Gippsland Chair, Mr Richard Elkington said that supporting these six women aligns with the Gippsland Regional Plan’s priorities around health and community wellbeing outcomes.  This priority recognises the importance of increasing the capacity and capability of Gippsland’s human resources through leadership and training.

“It’s important we support regional women who are leaders in their communities, to learn new skills and be inspired by other women who make significant contributions to their regional communities across Australia.”

For more information in relation to other projects and initiatives supported by RDA Gippsland visit www.rdagippsland.com.au.

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